Maria Brabiner has told ITV Daybreak that surviving the welfare cuts is just like rationing during World War II.
Maria, who has been unemployed since 2010, says she is desperately seeking employment in order to make ends meet. She lives on just over £70 a week.
She told Daybreak: "I'm treating it as a war situation.
"My mum and her generation survived World War II on rationing drastically food and heating and that's what people in my situation are going to have to do."
George Osborne has accused the Government's welfare reform critics of talking "ill-informed rubbish."
Find out more about the raft of changes to the welfare benefits system that began to come into force from the 1 April.
The government has been forced to defend its changes to the benefits system after prominent church leaders claimed they were 'unjust'.